Through Laurent Derne
Everything fit perfectly. The “occasions” seemed impeccable. Although operating on the site of Right corner, professional salespeople were well established. And the transactions went off without a hitch. So much for the battery side.
100,000 km cut off the odometer!
On the front side, vehicles acquired by individuals struggled to go the distance without multiplier outages. The bill inevitably swelled. And in practice, buyers told themselves that this case was clearly not one.
Until a automotive expert does not confirm their suspicions: the car they had become owners had, in reality … 100,000 km more on the odometer. A great scam, therefore, on which the police of theGeneral Investigations Unit Left Bank, seized of a first complaint.
The three brains of the scam arrested
In the end, over the 2017-2021 period, 18 victims have been identified on Blagnac, Herm and Fonsorbs (Haute-Garonne), near Toulouse. The cars concerned were mainly small displacement (like Clio, Polo…). In total, more than 2 million kilometers have been fraudulently removed from the meters, for a loss estimated at several tens of thousands of euros.
On Wednesday December 15, 2021, six people were arrested. Three straw men were cleared and released without charges against them. On the other hand, the scam brains, three men “known to the police”, age of 22, 23 and 28 years old, admitted the facts.
Referred to the Toulouse public prosecutor’s office
“They admitted having tampered with the meters, provided fake invoices even of false checks techniques to close the sales, ”says an investigator.
The trio was referred to Toulouse public prosecutor’s office this Thursday. A sum of 10,000 euros in cash was seized in search. It is not yet clear what action justice will give to this case.
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